21 January 2018
1 - Europe in the Middle Ages - Can we understand the medieval mind?
Key Questions, Words and Skills
Additional materials and external links
history? The six historical concepts for
IB History: change, continuity, causation, consequence,
perspective, and significance.
Online w orksheet to complete.
For the ambitious,
there is my
DP website all about the question of 'what is history?'
What are the Middle Ages?
The concept of significance and historical fact.
- What are the Middle Ages?
Hardcopy versions of
Word document to complete.
Possible source for the medieval timeline.
the question of what makes an event significant, see this:
Key Stage History, especially the model by my old teacher
Rob Phillips which I have used.
these links are also useful. The
historical thinking project in Canada and
Facing the Past, Shaping the Future. Other lists of key medieval events.
the medieval state different to the modern?
A crash course on the basics of political
Key concepts - power, influence, authority;
coercion, persuasion and consent.
The state: medieval and modern.
Lesson 2 -
Video - Jay Foreman - British Politics Unboringed
What is political
science and why is it important?
Videos - UK parliament compares the
US and UK elections and provides a brief
history of parliament.
What was feudalism? What made a successful king?
Who were the knights?
Key concepts -
feudalism, fealty, homage, divine right, counsel, chivalry,
Key skill - the utility of historical sources
Lesson - Feudalism as seen from above
Two short videos from the lesson. Terry Jones on
William Marshall and David Starkey about
Terry Jones is most famous for being part of
Python team. This is how they portrayed medieval knights.
For more from the
Terry Jones on
Medieval Kings and
Video - full series of
medieval lives by Terry Jones.
Video - how to be
successful at the medieval court
video series for the more ambitious students, as
Professor Robert Bartlett explores different aspects of
medieval life. In this episode he considers
How can we
find out about medieval peasants? How did the medieval village
work? What was life like for medieval women?
Key concepts: archaeology, aerial photography,
artefacts, strip farming, three field system, manorial court,
common land, tithe and tax, misogyny.
Key skill: deductive reasoning and essay
Lesson 4 - Feudalism as seen from below
What can medieval architecture tell us about
Key concepts: change,
continuity, empathy, architecture, significance, siege,
Key skill: factual recall
Lesson Medieval architecture. 5 -
Medieval Siege a fascinating insight into medieval warfare and
historical reconstruction - see
The Treb Challenge. Excellent online
game introduces the engineering and physics of
trebuchet building. Crush the Castle
game which tests your skill in attacking castles and
advanced version also building them.
Khan Academy on
the medieval church so powerful?
Key concepts: monasticism, missionary, penance,
sin, excommunication, communion, apocalypse Key skill: essay writing, PEE, PESC
- The power and importance of the medieval
Helen Castor- Medieval Lives: Birth,
Marriage, Death - 2013
video Shows how the medieval
church controlled all aspects of people's daily lives.
Khan Academy on
Last Judgment Tympanum, Cathedral of St. Lazare, Autun
End of Unit Assessments
- e-Assessment Revision Guide Assessment 1
A: Knowing and understanding
D: Thinking critically
Fling the teacher quiz of 15 key dates
identified by students in their timelines.
feudalism and architecture
Quiz on the
- Medieval Pilgrimage film
assignment, outline and essential supporting material. Assessment 2 MYP criteria
A rough guide to medieval pilgrimage is
Short film extract from Robert Bartlett about
Treasures of Heaven - documentary about the beauty of
Khan Academy on pilgrimage.
Simon Reeve's three part documentary
Pilgrimage broadcast in December 2013.